It was four years in the making, but for the Curator of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gloria Groom, it was the proverbial labor of love. The new Impressionist exhibit features 75 Impressionist paintings with a focus on fashion. Groom hopes that the exhibit inspires a unique look at the fashion of the late 1800’s and the importance of fashion to the development of the period.
According to a review by cbslocal.com, one meanders through the exhibit on a floor of finely cut grass and can stand in awe of Renoir and Monet. In addition to the priceless artwork, there are glass displays featuring the fashions of the times. The show reveals the fashion worn by both men and women of the time and offers a glimpse into the feelings of the era. It is noted that the Impressionist era saw the rise of the world’s first department stores which offered regular working people the opportunity to stay current and fashionable.
The paintings that are on display came from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris and from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The special showing runs through September 22 and visitors can, of course, delight to the many other exhibits offered by the legendary Art Institute of Chicago.